Tra­di­tional

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SIOBHÁN LONG Satur­day 15

Andy Irvine

Hot Spot Music Club, Grey­stones Andy’s song­book and tune col­lec­tion are wider and deeper than al­most any­one else’s, and his ap­petite for live per­for­mance has never waned. That voice is age­less, and those fin­gers that blithely nav­i­gate their way around the most com­plex Hun­gar­ian and Bul­gar­ian rhythms are as ag­ile as they were more than five decades ago. Irvine is a vet­eran of Planxty, Pa­trick Street and so many sem­i­nal en­sem­bles across the tra­di­tion, but this is a fine op­por­tu­nity to catch him solo, in an in­ti­mate set­ting.

Thurs­day 20

Seán Keane

Na Píobairí Uil­leann, Hen­ri­etta Street, Dublin

The Chief­tains’ su­perb fid­dle player, Seán Keane, has never been a man for the spot­light. Self-ef­fac­ing and low key, his fid­dle play­ing has been a defin­ing force not only in The Chief­tains, but also in the tra­di­tion. Tonight he will be in­ter­viewed by piper Seán Potts, in what prom­ises to be a mem­o­rable ram­ble through the pi­caresque past of this fine mu­si­cian.

Fri­day 21

Aileen Lam­bert

An Góilín Singers Club, The Teach­ers Club, Par­nell Square, Dublin Wex­ford singer Lam­bert has been pro­lific in her song projects, which span The Bird Song Pro­ject; the Man, Woman and Child pro­ject; and the 1916 Song Pro­ject. She also works across Co Wex­ford, con­duct­ing tra­di­tional song projects in vil­lages, un­earthing and shar­ing lo­cally penned songs of peo­ple and place. Her most re­cent en­deav­our in­volves the pro­duc­tion of By Land

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